The University of Louisville presents its annual prizes for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and gives a religion prize jointly with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The 2016 award recipients discussed their award-winning ideas when they visited Louisville in April to accept their $100,000 prizes. View video interviews and photos and listen to extended discussions with this year’s winners.
Both faith-based and human rights organizations work to address global health
issues, but divergent ideological approaches can create discord and ultimately
undermine the efforts of both groups.
Susan R. Holman, 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Religion recipient, shares how
a combined approach, incorporating religious views and traditions with dialogue
about economic and social rights, can be useful in combating global health problems.
An interdisciplinary approach
to global well-being
The Locust Effect
The absence of law enforcement in developing countries undermines
the fight against global poverty. Authors and 2016 Grawemeyer
Award for Ideas Improving World Order recipients Gary Haugen
and Victor Boutros outline the failure of criminal justice systems
to address what they call the “plague of hidden, everyday violence”
inflicted on the poor. They contend that all economic efforts to
address deprivation are likely to fail in the absence of protection
with emotional nuance
With the orchestra acting as a partner and not mere accompanist,
the Grawemeyer-winning work presents a first-person narrative
by Shakespeare’s Ophelia, using only the minimal vocabulary
originally scripted for the character.
let me tell you, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, earned
Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen the 2016 Grawemeyer
Award for Music Composition.
The Long Shadow
Those born into poverty are unlikely to escape it—even if
they have access to better opportunities through education.
Authors and 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Education winners
Karl Alexander, the late Doris Entwisle and Linda Olson
followed nearly 800 Baltimore-area urban youths from
first grade through adulthood and found that socioeconomic
status trumps education when it comes to life outcomes.
Their research spans nearly three decades and challenges
the idea that access to public education means equal opportunity.
Strength through Adversity
A scientist who discovered a brain mechanism that not only
produces resilience to trauma but also aids in coping with future
adversity won the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology
Steven Maier showed if test subjects had behavioral control over
some element of an adverse event, they were less negatively
impacted and also essentially “immunized” against some harmful
effects of future bad events, even if those events were
uncontrollable. Through laboratory research studies,
he uncovered in animal subjects the neural mechanism that
provides such resilience in the face of trauma.